Bug Out Bag Checklist (72 Hr – Adult)

Bug Out Bag Checklist

We have prepared a checklist of the equipment for a Bug Out Bag (BOB) that we recommend and use here at Talon Survival.

Our Bug Out Bag system is designed on the supply needs for one adult for a period of 72 hours (3 days). We selected to contents for our system to be as lightweight and functional as possible while providing an acceptable balance between quality, ergonomics, and affordability. Our Bug Out Bag system was designed for a hot humid climate with mild yet humid winters. You may need to add or switch out some items to adapt to the needs of the climate where you are located.

System Snapshot

Persons: 1
Age: Adult
Time Period: 72 Hours
Climate: Hot-Humid

The Checklist (PDF Format)

Below is our Bug Out Bag Contents Checklist in PDF format to help you build your bag. The checklist includes links to specific items we recommend and use in our Bug Out Bags here at Talon Survival so you can find them easily on Amazon.

The Checklist includes a Bag Check Summary at the top right of the page (in green) for you to record the following information as a quick reference.

  • Date Last Checked
  • Bag Weight
  • Package Dates / Expiration Dates

If you do choose to purchase any of the recommended items, please use our included links, as it helps us to provide you with additional checklists and content.  We do not recommend any products that we have not used or tested ourselves.

Download The Free Bug Out Bag Checklist!

How to Use The Checklist

This checklist was designed to not only be used as you build your Bug Out Bag system, but also to help you minimize the time and efforts involved with maintaining your bag.  Follow the steps below to maximize your bag maintenance efficiency.

  1. Use your checklist to help you build your Bug Out Bag.
  2. Once you have completed the build out of your bag, be sure to enter the information in the Bag Check Summary at the top right of the page (in the green textbox). You can easily find the weight of your bag using the steps provided in the next section.

How To Find the Weight of Your Bag

There is no need for a fancy scale to weight your bag, just use the following method with a standard bathroom scale.

  1. Weigh yourself on a bathroom scale without your bag and record the weight.
  2. Now put your bag on and get back on the scale (with your bag) and record the weight.
  3. Subtract your body weight from the weight obtained with you and your bag to get your bag weight.

(Your Weight with Bag) – (Your Weight without Bag) = Bag Weight

What Bag Should I Use To Carry All This?

Now that you have started developing your kit, you need to find the right pack to store it in.  Check out our three part series on pack selection to determine what pack best fits your needs.

Pack Selection Series – Part One: 9 Vital Factors In Choosing A Pack For Your Gear

Pack Selection Series – Part Two: 3 Types of Backpacks to Meet Your Gear Loadout Needs

Pack Selection Series – Part Three: 15 Important Features to Consider When Selecting Your Backpack

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  • Duke

    Trash compactor bags are very heavy duty.
    A Bandana has more uses than a wash cloth.
    Multi -tools have multiple uses. Get a reputable one.
    The hand held 2-way radio is not needed unless you have the knowledge to use it . A solar powered AM/FM radio will be sufficient unless you have a set frequency and communication schedule already established. If the premise is 72 hour survival, a ham radio would be nice to hear what is happening in the world at large, but not critical.
    Carabiners come in real handy. I suggest more than 2.
    Good list of basic items. It all depends on your worse-case scenario.
    I could easily be “caught” over 200 miles from home so my GHB is quite heavy. If you’re in good shape you might cover 10 miles per day.
    I have a deer game cart stored in my car. It has very large tires and I hope to use it during the first days of any mass hysteria situation.(especially if my car doesn’t work).
    Ziplocks and aluminum foil have multiple uses.
    A 72 hour bag should easily be less than 25 lbs.
    Water will likely be your main weight.

  • Mel Miller

    The deer game cart is a good idea because you may also need to cary more water than anticipated, – which is heavy.
    Another option: Put your bug out items in your car trunk in a used golf bag and transport on a used golf cart, with umbrella holder. (hahaha…) Now you’ll be styling. People won’t suspect it has survival gear, food, water etc. in it. Umbrella gives you shade, protection from rain, snow, dust, debris. Leaves one ‘gun hand’ free. Easier to pull than pack., but you can also carry a pack if you need too.
    Even better, if the golf bag has an umbrella, fold down seat, and refreshment bar…..why not…hahahaha…

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